Behind some of this years most captivating exhibitions, artist Daniel Arsham has returned to New York to unveil his latest work. Located in the city’s Galerie Perrotin, his next exhibition “3018” has opened, displaying his expert casting skills with some of the world’s most iconic car models.
Included in his exhibition, Arsham has showcased one of his best works to date – a replica of the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder, made famous by the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Not an easy task, the car is almost exactly proportional to the real thing, but proved difficult due to the scarcity of the real model. Accompanying the car, is a replica of the 1981 DeLorean.
“The DeLorean was a real DeLorean that we actually sourced. I took it apart, cast sections and then reassembled it. The Ferrari, there was only 55 of these originally made and in the film they only had one real one, which was the one that was parked in the garage. To get his hands on the real thing, Arsham need to get friendly with original film crew. “They had a prop master make three replicas that were used for like driving around and when they drove it out the back. I found that guy and he made me this original positive that I then cast off of, so it traces back to the film and to the original car. … It’s considered in many design circles as the most beautiful car ever produced.”
As well as the life size casts, the exhibition also showcases more classic work from the artist, including oversized casts of favourite childhood cartoon characters, and more thought provoking cartoon wrappings. Arsham also experimented with books and magazines, reimagining each publication with his “broken bars” motif, and fictitious subjects.
“I had wanted to create some casts of books and magazines for a while but I was struggling. Like I would find a magazine but I was like ‘am I interested in the subject matter or the book if the book was of an artist?’ or something. So I just ended up inventing these books.”
3018 is now open to the public. Can’t get to NYC? Explore the exhibition above.